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2008-10-01 10:00:00

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp ["Germany Bans Import of Baby Food From China" - ddp headline] Berlin (ddp) - Following the scandal involving contaminated milk powder in China, Germany has banned the import of baby food from the Asian country. As of immediately, other foodstuffs from China may be imported only if they have been checked beforehand, the Federal Consumer Protection Ministry reported in Berlin on Tuesday [ 30 September]. Food checks have also been...

2008-07-18 12:00:33

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp on 18 July Berlin: Chancellor Angela Merkel (Christian Democratic Union) intends to receive Barack Obama, US Democratic presidential candidate, at the Chancellor's Office during his visit to Berlin on Thursday [24 July]. Government Spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said in Berlin on Friday [18 July] that, in addition, there would be a photo opportunity in the morning, on the sidelines of the talks. Additional details will be publicized in time, he...

2005-08-25 04:45:20

By Diana Niedernhoefer KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 general election that polls suggest will oust Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and bring the conservative opposition to power. Responding to a challenge by two parliamentarians, the Federal Constitutional Court voted 7-1 that President Horst Koehler had acted correctly in dissolving parliament last month and calling the election one year ahead of schedule....

2005-08-25 03:16:13

KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's highest court removed the final hurdle on Thursday to a September 18 federal election, dismissing complaints that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's path to an early vote was unconstitutional. The Federal Constitutional Court voted 7-1 that President Horst Koehler had been right to dissolve parliament in July and call a national election one year ahead of schedule. Opinion polls suggest Schroeder's Social Democrats will lose the election to the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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